Kyle Seager hit three home runs and had six RBIs and Tom Murphy added two homers – the duo going back-to-back in the fourth and sixth innings – as the Mariners rallied to defeat the host Detroit Tigers 11-6 Tuesday night.
Seager’s three-run shot in the sixth tied the score at 6-6.
Murphy followed with his 12th homer of the season to give the M’s the lead against Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd (6-9), a native of Mercer Island, Washington.
Seager’s final homer, a two-run shot, went off the glove of center fielder Niko Goodrum just before he crashed into left fielder Brandon Dixon in the ninth inning. The ball bounced off the top of the wall and over for Seager’s 14th of the season.
The M’s won for just the second time in their past 10 games and improved to 5-0 against the lowly Tigers this season. Detroit has lost three straight games and 24 of 31 since the All-Star break.
M’s reliever Zac Grotz (1-0), a rookie right-hander, got his first major-league decision.
M’s starter Yusei Kikuchi allowed five runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. He took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth before allowing a four-run rally, including home runs by John Hicks and Jake Rogers. Since his last victory June 23 against Baltimore, Kikuchi is 0-3 with a 6.53 ERA.
By the Numbers
7: Consecutive games in which Seager has a hit. He’s batting .417 (10 of 24) with five homers and nine RBIs during that span to raise his season average to .237.
Our take from Right Field
Seager’s hitting streak neatly coincides with an Aug. 6 piece by fellow Out of Right Field columnist Vince Grippi in The Spokesman-Review that suggested … well, you can read for yourself.
The M’s continue their three-game series in the Motor City at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday at Comerica Park. LHP Marco Gonzales (12-9, 4.25 ERA) is scheduled to face Tigers RHP Edwin Jackson (2-5, 9.35).
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